Cohort

Deeptech Labs invests in post-Seed deeptech companies with an established technology, an extraordinary team, and strong initial traction. We help the entrepreneurs we invest in to prepare for their Series A as they move from prototype and proof of concept to scalable products and services.

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Community

Deeptech Labs works alongside a community of leaders who have built and scaled deep technology companies. With them, we develop our cohort’s networks with new connections, advice, and opportunities that will help them to succeed.

More than 50 leading deeptech entrepreneurs, technology experts, and venture capitalists support our cohort as Fellows, Advisors, or Partners. Our Fellows offer in-depth support and one-to-one feedback through our Forum Days, three times per cohort. Advisors offer support on a more casual basis as required. Our Partners offer organisational support in services like human resources and recruiting, legal services, marketing and branding, and venture capital.

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Programme

Our structured, three-month programme is custom-built to reflect the needs of each cohort. It is made up of weekly Fireside Chats, in-depth Workshops, and community Forum Days.

During each programme our entrepreneurs gain practical, deployable advice in one-to-one sessions with successful deeptech leaders and experts. These sessions, like all of our programming, are designed specifically to meet the needs of each cohort.

Deeptech Labs Forum Days bring the wider community and our entrepreneurs together for in-depth feedback every month. In between, weekly Fireside Chats and Expert Sessions dive deeply into our topics with high-profile deeptech leaders. Programming runs annually from March-June and September-December.

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The Deal

We invest £350k in a small number of deeptech post-Seed startups. Investing at Seed helps us to support our cohorts with new insights and partnerships, resulting in their long term growth.

Our Team

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Miles Kirby

Chief Executive Officer

Miles is leading Deeptech Labs, a deeptech accelerator founded with the University of Cambridge, Arm, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Martlet and Ewan Kirk. Deeptech Labs helps companies commercialise new technologies and makes seed investments alongside the accelerator.

Miles is an International Venture Capitalist with experience in the US and Europe in Financial and Corporate venture investing. He set up and co-managed the €150m AV8 Ventures fund and ran Qualcomm's Venture Capital group in Europe. He also started and ran an incubator at Qualcomm in California and formed and managed the Machine Learning, Augmented Reality and Wireless Charging programs. He holds an MBA from University of California, Irvine and BEng in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Bristol, UK

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Stewart McTavish

Chief Platform Officer

Stewart brings his experience of a few entrepreneurial journeys and 11 years as the Director of ideaSpace at the University of Cambridge to helping build Deeptech Labs.

At Deeptech Labs he focuses on catalysing and curating the community and support programmes to help accelerate the development of founders, entrepreneurs and their ventures.

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Jonathan Holtby

Community Manager

Jonathan is the Community Manager at Deeptech Labs, where he helps bring together the Fellows, Expert Speakers, Advisors, and Entrepreneurs that make up its leading deeptech network. Prior to this he was VP Marketing for Dataswift, and he is an active advisor to many startups in Cambridge and London. Jonathan runs Cambridge Startups and Silicon Drinkabout Cambridge and is a specialist in early stage technology, communications, marketing, and growth.

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Michelle Stewart

Investment Principal

Michelle is a top-rated investment professional with execution track record across EMEA and the US. She brings cross-sector specialism in Deep Tech and Consumer Internet to her work on the investment teams at Arm and Deeptech Labs. Previously, she advised tech companies and entrepreneurs on their M&A and fundraising activities as part of Citi’s TMT investment banking team, where she was also the team Staffer. She holds a BA/MEng (Hons) in Engineering from the University of Cambridge under a full scholarship.

Board

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Ewan Kirk

Chair

Dr. Ewan Kirk is a technology entrepreneur, early-stage investor, and Founder of Cantab Capital Partners.

For over 30 years, Ewan has been involved in a number of ventures to commercialise, apply and leverage technology, science, and mathematics research in business, philanthropy, and academia. He is the Chairman of Deeptech Labs, a Cambridge-based accelerator focused on building deep technology companies, and in recent years, has invested in a number of technology startups in the UK. He was appointed Non-Executive Director of BAE Systems plc in June 2021.

He is most known for founding Cantab Capital Partners, a science-driven investment management firm, which is widely regarded as one of the leading quantitative investment companies in the UK. Under his leadership, he grew the business from a team of 2 with £30m AUM to 60 people with £4.5bn AUM from 2006 to 2016. As well as leading the firm's quantitative investment strategies, he was responsible for the scaling of the business that successfully brought together mathematicians, physicians and statisticians under one roof.

In 2016, the business was successfully acquired by global investment firm, GAM Invesments. Upon acquisition, Ewan went on to serve as the CEO and CIO of the newly-formed GAM Systematic Cantab, and latterly as its President from 2020.

Prior to founding Cantab, Ewan headed up Goldman Sachs’ quantitative technology group, leading a group of over 120 mathematicians, scientists and statisticians, responsible for researching, testing and implementing systematic investment strategies.

Active in philanthropy, Ewan Kirk is also the Chair of the Management Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and Founder of the Turner Kirk Trust.

In 2007, he founded the Turner Kirk Trust, an evidence-led, strategic charitable foundation, which supports STEM, education and conservation causes in the UK and the developing world. The Trust is one of the largest private funders of fundamental mathematics research in the UK, and in 2015, Ewan made a £5m gift to the University of Cambridge to establish the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information.

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Paul Bailey

Martlet

Paul co-founded Bailey Fisher Executive Search in 1998 and led the growth of the business as Managing Director for 20 years during which time he built the boards and management teams for some of the most innovative companies to have emerged from the European technology market. After a successful exit in July 2018, he took on the role of Executive Chairman and since January 2020 is an NED.

In January 2019 Paul joined Martlet Capital as an Investment Director with a particular focus on talent management across the existing portfolio, deal origination and overall operational matters. In 2019 he also joined Cambridge Enterprise as an Entrepreneur in Residence responsible for supporting spin-out companies with team and business strategy, helping founders develop their business propositions and advising academics on commercialising their technologies.

Paul was named in the 2016 Maserati 100 list of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors supporting the next generation of business talent and was recognised as one of the most influential business people in Cambridge in 2017. He has held advisory roles with NESTA Impact Investments and New Wave Ventures and was previously a member of the steering committee for the ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator, a member of the Board of Cambridge Ahead and a founder of The Perse School Enterprise Conference.

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Adam Bastin

Arm

Experienced M&A, corporate finance and investment professional with c.20 years of transaction experience and having executed dozens of transactions across full spectrum including public and private transactions, venture investments, buyside / sell-side, domestic / cross-border, growth / mature industries, joint-ventures, privatisations and financing transactions. Enjoy working with business leaders to develop strategies into actionable opportunities and help companies grow. Additionally, non-executive director at Pragmatic, Trustonic and British Smaller Companies VCT plc. ACMA/CGMA qualified

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Miles Kirby

Chief Executive Officer

Miles is leading Deeptech Labs, a deeptech accelerator founded with the University of Cambridge, Arm, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Martlet and Ewan Kirk. Deeptech Labs helps companies commercialise new technologies and makes seed investments alongside the accelerator.

Miles is an International Venture Capitalist with experience in the US and Europe in Financial and Corporate venture investing. He set up and co-managed the €150m AV8 Ventures fund and ran Qualcomm's Venture Capital group in Europe. He also started and ran an incubator at Qualcomm in California and formed and managed the Machine Learning, Augmented Reality and Wireless Charging programs. He holds an MBA from University of California, Irvine and BEng in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Bristol, UK

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Andy Neely

University of Cambridge

Andy Neely is Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Enterprise and Business Relations at Cambridge University, where he is also Professor of Manufacturing at the Institute for Manufacturing, Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. He is widely recognized for his work on the servitization of manufacturing, as well as his work on strategic performance management. In 2018 he joined Anmut as Chief Strategy Officer.

Specialties: Measuring business performance
Aligning strategy and measurement
Business model innovation
Servitization of manufacturing

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Andrew Williamson

CIC

I am the Managing Partner of Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC). We are a venture capital firm focused on deep technology and life sciences investments in Cambridge, UK. CIC has a strategic relationship with the University of Cambridge and deep relationships with consultancies, research institutes, accelerators, angel groups, and seed funds in the Cambridge ecosystem.

Prior to joining CIC, I spent the 20 years in the US at Physic Ventures and True North Venture Partners in San Francisco and Chicago investing in venture-backed companies that are commercialising technology in the fields of materials, devices, energy and scientific computation.

I'm a Physicist by training, with a PhD in computational materials science. I spent the first 10 years of my career leading materials science research and development projects at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. My research group developed novel materials for energy applications ranging from photovoltaic cells, to thermoelectrics, batteries and fuel cells.

With Support From

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“Cambridge has access to best-in-class talent and exceptional intellectual property. Deeptech Labs supports a very high quality of cohort entrepreneurs.”

Andrew Williamson

Managing Partner, Cambridge Innovation Capital

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